INDEPENDENCE: LeBron James chuckled Wednesday when it was relayed to him Anderson Varejao believes the Warriors love each other.
“I would hope if you’re 50-5 that everyone loves each other,” James said. “I mean [expletive]. What else do you want at that point? Duh. Anybody could say that. Stevie Wonder could say that.”
Varejao made his debut Wednesday with the Golden State Warriors, who continue to command the league’s attention with their fantastic season. This week, they became the fastest team in history to win 50 games and remain on pace to break the Chicago Bulls’ all-time record of 72-10 for a season.
Varejao has said multiple times in recent days it became evident to him quickly how much the Warriors love each other. That led to speculation there are chemistry problems within the Cavaliers, particularly after the firing of coach David Blatt.
James, however, denied the Cavs have any chemistry issues while simultaneously praising what the Warriors have accomplished.
“There’s so much great basketball being played, and I understand that those guys are the cream of the crop. They’re the defending champions and they’ve continued to get better as they were from last year,” James said. “But they’re not going to be the only team that enters the playoff pool. You can be 82-0, man, once the playoffs start, everyone’s 0-0.”
The Warriors won 14 more games than the Cavs last season, yet the Cavs held a 2-1 lead in the Finals with a banged-up roster before the Warriors stormed back to win the last three games.
“Hopefully you’ve built enough chemistry, which it seems like they have, and enough out on the court where you can take that on to the next phase,” James said. “But regular season record-wise is great for the record books, but it means nothing for the postseason.”
Iman Shumpert missed his third game Wednesday with a sprained left shoulder, although the team is hopeful he’ll be able to return to practice on Thursday.
Mo Williams, meanwhile, was cleared to continue playing following an appointment with Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday. Williams was diagnosed with chondromalacia, or swelling underneath his left knee, something that has bothered him most of the season.
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Channing Frye has spent the bulk of his career in warm markets such as Phoenix and Orlando. Cleveland marks his first true winter city since he spent his first two years in the league with the New York Knicks.
“Sometimes a change of scenery is good,” Frye said.
•?James passed the late John “Hot Rod” Williams for third place on the team’s all-time rebounding list.
•?The Cavs scored 40 points in the second quarter Wednesday, their first 40-point quarter of the season.
•?Opponents were shooting .339 from 3-point range entering the night, the seventh-best mark in the league.
•?Kyrie Irving made his 500th career 3-pointer in the third quarter Wednesday.
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